NEADS Coffee Chat, Friday, February 5: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST Guest Speaker: Serena Bains, Youth Leadership Initiative Coordinator, Disability Foundation

Serena is a Youth Leadership Initiative Coordinator with the Disability Foundation and a fourth-year Health Sciences student at Simon Fraser University in the Population and Quantitative Sciences stream. She is passionate about disability justice and supporting marginalized communities to receive the resources and rights they deserve. Serena’s interests include politics, painting and playing softball. She is excited to work with the Disability Foundation to further the vision of empowering and inspiring people with physical disabilities to re-imagine what is possible.

Did you know that post-secondary students with disabilities experience greater difficulties with gaining employment in comparison to their peers, and typically have higher unemployment and underemployment rates? The Disability Foundation’s Youth Leadership Initiative, a partnership with Royal Roads University, empowers youth with disabilities to lead a national three-year project to identify and articulate often overlooked attitudinal barriers to transitioning from studies to the workplace, as well as producing a solution to help break down those barriers. This project is run by a diverse group of young paid interns including those with disabilities who are working together to perform research and identify barriers, brainstorm solutions, and create a multimedia toolkit to support employers and post-secondary students with disabilities in the job seeking process.

To fill out the survey on the effects of additional barriers on employment opportunities for youth with disabilities, go here:

Come join the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) for a virtual coffee.
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Share your experience!
Hear what a community member is doing on accessibility/mental health!
Ask questions relating to accessibility supports!
Discuss mental health, and
Meet new people! Captioning will be provided.

This is the loose agenda for our virtual coffees:
* Introductions
* Speaker's Talk
* Questions and Feedback
* Open Discussion on Accessibility and Mental Health
* Conclusion

Frank Smith
National Coordinator
National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201
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